Designing Accessibility Instruments: Lessons on Their Usability for Integrated Land Use and Transport Planning Practices

1st Edition

Cecilia Silva, Nuno Pinto, Luca Bertolini

Published May 7, 2019
Reference - 236 Pages - 122 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138206953 - CAT# Y289716

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The integration of land use and transport planning is key to making cities sustainable and liveable. Accessibility can provide an effective framework for this integration. However, today there is a significant gap between the advances in scientific knowledge on accessibility and its effective application in planning practice. In order to close this gap, Designing Accessibility Instruments introduces a novel methodology for the joint assessment and development of accessibility instruments by researchers and practitioners.

The book:

    • provides a theoretical and professional analysis of the main concepts behind the definition, use and measurement of accessibility;

    • undertakes a comprehensive inventory and critical analysis of accessibility instruments, focusing on the bottlenecks in their transposition to planning practice;

    • introduces and applies a novel methodology for the assessment and improvement of the practical use and usefulness of accessibility instruments;

    • presents six in-depth illustrative case study applications of the methodology, representing a range of cities with different geographical and institutional settings, and different levels of urban and transport planning integration.

The book is supported by a companion website – – which extrapolates its content to a broader scope and keeps it updated and valid with new iterations of the methodology and further advances on the initial and new case studies.


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